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The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth

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As seen on EWTN, bestselling author Scott Hahn unveils the mysteries of the Mass, offering readers a deeper appreciation of the most familiar of Catholic rituals.

Of all things Catholic, there is nothing that is so familiar as the Mass. With its unchanging prayers, the Mass fits Catholics like their favorite clothes. Yet most Catholics sitting in the pews on Sundays fai
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 9th 1999 by Image
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Scott Hahn’s book, The Lamb’s Supper is an excellent eschatological explanation of the Roman Catholic Mass. In 2011, it served as background for a couple of classes I was then teaching. In preparation for the implementation of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal our parish used A Biblical Walk Through the Mass (Book): Understanding What We Say and Do In The Liturgy to prepare and I read this book to gain a fuller appreciation of the Eucharist.

Hahn's work is based on the Mass as expression of
K.D. Absolutely
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: religion, apologetics
One of the best religion books that I've read this year. Told in a simple and direct prose, Scott Hahn's main points here are that the last book of the Holy Bible, The Book of Revelation is actually describing the Holy Mass by the Roman Catholics and that the Holy Mass is actually a taste of heaven here on earth. The title comes from the fact that the Jesus' passion and crucifixion in the New Testament is actually foreshadowed by Abraham about to sacrifice his son Isaac in the Old Testament. Dur ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the essentials in my conversion to the Catholic Faith. All of the sudden I knew what worship was to look like after being raised Southern Baptist and passing through other Protestant churches.
Doreen Petersen
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
An outstanding Catholic writer! A must read for all Catholics.
Theresa Anthony
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful treatise on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
Jul 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Wow. There's so much great information in this book, and it's written in such an easy way. I mean, after reading some of the Pope Benedict XVI's books, this -- I could get used to.

And strangely enough it is consoling. It's not really relevant to the situation that I'm currently bothered by, but when he explains the book of Revelation, you get the distinct feeling that God has a plan that can't fail.

The latter part was a bit frustrating in that it seemed many concepts were introduced but only to
David Pocta
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well, I suppose I have a unique perspective on this book. I was raised Catholic. Never missed a Sunday. My childhood was filled with going to Mass. At 20 years old I joined a Non-Denominational church and went into the full time ministry, now 26 years ago. I have since received a Masters Degree in Bible and run five Ministry Training Academies. I am now going back to school at the Oblate School of Theology, a Catholic graduate school, to receive my PhD in Spirituality.

That being said, I know Ca
Nicola Mansfield
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: I love Scott Hahn's writings and plan to read as much of his work as possible. This is his most popular book so I decided to read it next.

This book has both a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, something that is always important to me when reading Catholic non-fiction. Going back to the early Christian's for inspiration Hahn shows us how they used the Book of Revelation to understand the Mass. The two are connected to such an amazing degree that Hahn's easy to read lay person voice
Carl Jenkins
May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wanted to give this book 2.5 stars, but can't, and sadly don't think I can round up for it.

First and foremost, I am not a Catholic. That being said, I did all I could to read this book without any bias. I wanted to gain a better understanding of the Catholic approach to the Eucharist, and believe that the Catholics are very reverent about it despite some of the differences I have with their beliefs. I was disappointed when it didn't seem like it focused as much on the Eucharist as much as it d
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book definitely changed how I look at the Apocalypse (I so greatly prefer that name to Revelation), as well as giving me more inspiration during Mass. I'm glad I finally tracked it down, or rather, my dad did and lent it to me at Easter. Scott references it frequently in his talks, and it's no surprise why.

I gave the book four stars instead of five due to its somewhat disorganized structure and its absurdly colloquial language. There's making your book accessible, at which Scott Hahn admitt
Anita Santana
This book offers a great introduction to the Mass for the newly-baptized Catholic, and a reawakening of fervor and love for the Mass in the longtime Mass-goer. Dr. Hahn reveals the Church’s teaching that the Mass is truly Heaven on earth, along with its close ties to the Book of Revelation and strong Apocalyptic significance. I admired Dr. Hahn’s ability to maintain a conversational tone without sacrificing any of his scholarly details. Enjoy!
Jonas Perez
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Beautiful book. I love the argument that the Mass is heaven on earth. Very inspiring, in more ways than one. I love the exposition of the Book of Revelation. I didn't expect that much clarity in correlation to the Mass. It's an eye-opening witness to the liturgy, with substantial historical evidence. The only reason I don't give it five is because it seems to repeat itself. Besides that I love Hahn's detail and succinctness. I'd recommend it to anyone studying eschatology, especially Catholics, ...more
Patrick Gruber
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Even though this book is fairly short, it is very hard to sum up. Don't be fooled by this books size, this is one of the most profound books on Catholic theology you will ever read. It might even be the most profound. The profoundness does not lie in dense verbage, this book is very easy to read and understand. It's profound nature lies in the incredible thoughts and insights into the mass.

The basic thesis is that the Mass is haven on earth, and that the book of Revelation shows this. In every s
Evan Kristiansen
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another very good treatment on a deep theological topic by Dr. Hahn. This book is a real deep-dive into the Mass and it's origins. It's not so much an academic treatment of the subject as it is a brief overview, enough to give someone a good idea of the further reading they'd need to do if they were interested in a specific topic. Dr. Hahn has excellent insights, drawn primarily from the church fathers and the book of Revelation, about the theology, practice, and historical significance of the M ...more
Becca Sloan
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I admit that this is the first Scott Hahn book that I have ever read. I have avoided them because in the Catholic world it seems like they are what all the cool kids are reading and I was going to be a rebel, and also because I've always had the impression they were super theological and way more intellectual than my simple mind enjoyed. However, after reading this book I was pleasantly surprised. It is also ironic because in reading the Bible I also tend to avoid Revelation because well its jus ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
Dr. Scott Hahn really gives a great insight into the connections between the Mass and the book of Revelation that helps understand that "Thy Kingdom Come" has already been inaugurated here on earth and is a 'foretaste' of the heavenly life. It's quite amazing to see how a Catholic convert connects the "elements of the Mass" to scripture in a powerful way that "cradle Catholics" might miss (maybe because of 'familiarity'). It can really awaken in us the understanding of how powerful the sacrifice ...more
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
The Lamb's Supper is by scripture scholar Scott Hahn. Hahn was ordained as a Presbyterian minister and later converted to Catholicism. While still a minister he was studying Revelation in the Bible and studying what the Church Fathers wrote about it. Basically they said it was a liturgical manual. Hahn decided to go to a mass to see what he could learn. It was pivotal in his conversion.

The basic thesis of the book is that Revelation talks about Heavenly worship. Through the mass we experience he
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
I like it, although it was not what I was hoping for. Hahn does a good job of telling the slightly informed Catholic something about the glories of the depths of the liturgy of the Eucharist using the book of the Revelation to St. John as a framework and touchpoint. What he does not do, which I was hoping for, is explain the structure of that book as reflecting the outline of the liturgy. That's OK; I don't fault an author for writing the book he actually wrote rather than the one I wish he had. ...more
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hahn makes the case that the early Church taught that the book of Revelation is only understood in the context of the Divine Liturgy. I found myself underlining something on almost every page. I am torn between 4 or 5 stars - this book deserves at least 4.5. Aside from the some of the Roman Catholic theology with which I disagree, I have nothing but praise for this book. The author wastes no words and shares profound insights that apply to the Mass, Divine Service, or whatever you call your expr ...more
Alison Walsh
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book so that I could use it as a teaching resource in my CCD class, but I'd recommend it to anyone who's looking to learn a little bit more about the Catholic Mass. This book gives an in-depth look at the true meaning of the Mass, with an emphasis on its relationship with the Book of Revelation. In true Scott Hahn fashion, the book gives the scriptural background of the subject matter and the historical context for the scripture---all without losing the wonder and beauty t ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My mom passed this book onto Monica, my sister-in-law, and Monica passed it along to me. Whether you are a Catholic or if you simply are familiar with the Catholic Mass, this book is quite enlightening. The author uses the Book of Revelation to explain the traditions that Catholics experience in Mass every week. My entire life I 19ve gone to church regularly and I always just go through the motions, never really considering what the words and prayers and songs and actions and most importantly, t ...more
William Rabjohn
Mar 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Sadly, I'm not a big Scott Hahn fan. His works seem more like a Protestant trying to project his exegesis into Catholic spirituality that can only be experiential. Again, Scott dissects the Mass with ample Scriptural cross referencing and commentary but fails at the spiritual richness of the Mass understood sacramentally. Yet, so many Catholics are fascinated with this author, perhaps because they might feel they're missing something from the zeal found in evangelical Protestantism. As a convert ...more
Thomas Walsh
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
In his easy to read and understand book, Scott Hahn teaches us how to enter heaven through the portal of the Mass. Using the Sacred Scriptures, especially the book of Revelations, he explains that this is the central purpose of the Mass. The opportunity for us to Worship God in heaven with all the angels and the saints is made available to anyone who has the eyes to see what is truly going on in every Catholic Church.
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very scholarly yet approachable resource for understanding the many layers of the book of Revelation. We understand both the historical, futuristic and spiritual invoices which are speaking to the book of Revelation, we understand how the Catholic mass is living out the book of Revelation and we understand how every single aspect of the Catholic mass is firmly rooted in Scripture. I'm sure that I will re-read this book many times. It has helped me have new focus at mass. ...more
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book will transform the way that you look at and participate in Mass! It is a beautiful deep read about the Old Testament connecting to the way that we celebrate the paschal mystery each Sunday. I would recommed this book to any Catholic who doesn't get anything out of Mass but wants to understand their faith in a new way. ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
Scott Hahn's take on the New Testament book of Revelation is far different from those who think it is about the end of the world. Instead he interprets it in relation to the Eucharist with some success. He used to be a protestant minister but converted to Byzantine Catholic. ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Regardless of your religion (or lack thereof), if you want to understand what the Mass is all about, read this!

Scott Hahn explains everything in simple language, easy to digest and easy to understand. It will change how you look at the mass forever :)
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very good explanation and short foray into the theology behind Revelations!
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We read this in our bible study. Finally, an explanation on the book of Revelations that makes sense.
Amanda Lauer
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is older, but I picked it up because I'm working on having a deeper and more fulfilling experience when I attend Mass. It's a good start, but a little hard to follow since I've never read the Book of Revelations. That being said, I did get some points to consider this week at church and I will be tackling the Book of Revelations during Lent this year. ...more
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Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. He and Kimberly have six children and are expecting their twelfth grandchild. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these talks have been produced on audio and ...more

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